Double Skull
Epic Brewing Company

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Style:
German Doppelbock
Ranked #191
ABV:
9%
Score:
84
Ranked #34,162
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 10.78%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
179
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Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  7
Gots
  27
SCORE
84
Good
Double SkullDouble Skull
Notes: Originally brewed as liquid bread by fasting monks this Doppelbock is rich and filling. Crisp and delicious for the winter months.
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 179
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In my hotel glass, the beer is a dark red/brown color. There is a tiny off-white head.
Sweet aroma, caramel and toffee.
Taste follows the nose, caramel and toffee. A hint of some herbal hops late in the taste.
Medium-bodied, thinner mouthfeel than I thought there would be.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No head. Copper color. Clear.

Smokey and bacon up front. Caramel and biscuit malts. Definitely tastes like a doppelbock. Very malty. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of Sabtos
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark but shimmering clear caramel copper brown with a light, khaki fizz that quickly recedes to a thin but fuzzy ring.

Smell is toasty and earthy, nutty and lightly roasty with notes of caramel, baked apple and pie crust.

Taste is lightly tangy, toasty and nutty with a slightly drying cocoa-like flavor, as well as coffee, cola and some light, sweet cinnamon spiced dates.

The medium body has a delicate light fizz that slightly builds before a powder dry finish.

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Photo of colts9016
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a German mug at 43 degrees. A vigorous pour produced a one finger head with fair retention. The light tan head is creamy and foamy. The color of the beer is SRM 18 an amber brown color with excellent clarity.

Toasty malts, caramel, and Maillard products in for the initial aroma. Additional aromas are earthy, bready, fruity, and floral.

A rich malty beer with caramel, toasted malts, and bread for the initial flavors. Additional flavors are Maillard, dark fruit, earthy, floral, and wood.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy and smooth. A medium-plus body, medium carbonation, and a medium-plus finish.

This doppelbock weaves the high alcohol intricately within the huge malt profile. The Maillard product is not overpowering. Epic has crafted a well-made doppelbock.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brown copper color with a creamy tan head and very little lacing on the glass.

S: Notes.of plum and stonefruit, mixed with coffee and chocolate.

T: Plum and stonefruit, smoke, coffee and choclate, a bit of earthiness, lots going on here but still all comes together nicely. Booze is noticeable.

F: Medium to heavy body, creamy carbonation.

O: Boozy and strong but very nice.

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Photo of stephens101
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a tall, tan and bubbly froth. Color is dark brown. What a looker it is too.

Smells of plum, sugar and chocolate cake. Smells damn fine.

Dark chocolate, burnt sugar, ripened grape and current on the tongue. Tastes sweet and robust.

Goes down medium and fairly smooth with a slim alcohol heat.

Epic has been treating me pretty good as of late.

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Photo of LAp
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This style is done so infrequently in modern craft brewing culture that it's a hard one to nail down. Nonetheless, this was a reasonable attempt (if a touch more saccharine than I'd like).

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Photo of sjdevel
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Poured hard out of a 22oz bottle and only got a 1 finger head. The head receded rapidly. Only some lacing continued on. Medium brown and quite cloudy.

Smell: Caramel and some plum notes.

Taste: Some tartness right at first - no real noticeable bitterness. It is very sweet and caramelly. Tobacco, prune, dates, molasses dominate the palate. It is a little light in flavor for Doppelbocks.

Feel: Medium, but lower end. Feels pretty flat throughout.

Overall: Pretty good Doppelbock. Seemed to have all of the right flavors in there, but not as powerful as really good Doppels like Celebrator. Needs more carbonation and just more of the same flavor (or just less water).

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, release #42, @ 7.8% ABV. Bocks in autumn, is this the brewer's or the import agent's fault? Probably just mine for caring.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and sort of bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of layered melting cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of gently roasted and biscuity caramel malt, a further bready graininess, muddled overripe pome fruit, some free-range ashiness, pithy nuts, ethereal hints of dark chocolate, and very tame earthy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and biscuity caramel malt, toasted wheat bread, bruised apples and pears, brown sugar, wet ash, an oily nuttiness, some growing cocoa essences, a hint of day-old coffee, and more understated leafy, weedy, and somewhat herbal noble hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly weak in their plain as the day is long frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of ashen clamminess marring the otherwise ascendant creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the roasted mixed malt lingering well on into the night.

Overall, this is a well-made version of the style, all nice and roasty and fruity, with the elevated ABV damned near nowhere to be seen. Easy to drink, and worth checking out if you're a fan of big, strong, malty lagers.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I love the dark reddish caramel appearance of this beer in the goblet. The aroma is bready, malty, predictable for the style.

Tastes sweet, lots of fresh malty grain, a touch of toast. Aftertaste lingers a bit, leaving traces of sweetness and a nip of hop balance.

Smooth on the palate, very easy to drink. Cheers to those enjoying Bockfest weekend here in Cincy this weekend!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed form the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice doppelbock pours a bright mahogany with a nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring and nice layer with solid lacing. Nose is light for the style with subtle bread and brown sugars notes. Flavors exceed the nose with rich brown sugar and breaded malts on the front and middle with a nice touch of dates and warming booze on the rear. Smooth and highly quaffable mouth feel that is full and moderately coating. Very nice. Would have it again!

Cheers

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Photo of SCproUA
4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I liked this beer. The taste is very full-bodied, with a pleasant touch of honey. The color and smell of the conventional principle. This beer is one of the best in style doppelbock.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from HomeBrewStuff. Release #31. Dark brown, but clear body, light airy lasting head. Sweet, nutty aroma, taste adds some elements of semi-sweet chocolate, wood, peat, very earthy. More sweet than nutty, but fairly true to style, body could be a bit heavier.

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Photo of stortore
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep caramel color, on the lighter side for the style. Two finger head, lots of foamy cling. Smell leader is the malt, but a lot of caramel, too. Brown sugar, some chocolate, a little black pepper on the pour after warmed. Taste continues the bigger presence of both the malt and caramel, a little more chocolate than the nose, a little coffee. Some breadiness, much less than typical for the style. There was an odd bitterness on the back end when colder, but it went away as it warmed. Smooth, creamy, pretty full bodied, fairly crisp.

Thought this was a pretty good doppelbock, certainly better than it's current rating. Not as heavy, malty or bready as the usual, but flavorful and enjoyable. At $5 a pop, it's priced well. Give it a try.

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Photo of delta490
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear medium brown with a nice creamy tan head. The head has light retention and leaves a little small sticky lacing. The aroma is light, with just mild hints of roasted malt and fruit. The taste, though has a nice rich malty profile, with a nice dark bread flavor and hints of earthy hops on the finish. The body has a nice thickness to it, full on the pallet.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release#22. 8.7 % abv... Picked this up a Coal Train Liquor in CO Springs less than a month ago...

Pours Orange/Caramel with beige head.

S: Breadyness, pears, caramel. Above average head retention & okay lacing

T: Dryness, pears, white grape, apple skins & a little brown bread. Leafy hops & a little bit of tannin as this warms, some toastyness as well, a little dry. Finishes slightly figgy, dry, with brown breadyness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

A pretty good take on the style, not upper tier by any means...

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Photo of sculls65
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice beer for the last day of winter. Perhaps a bit thicker and less carbonated than some doppelbocks but very well done.. Would have again with no problem.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, batch 31:
Pours a nice brown, but pretty clear despite color. The head is off white doesn't build too high with a rough pour. However, the head lasts covering the surface throughout the taste.

The smell seems a bit strange to me. Initially I got wet cardboard more than I'd like or expect. After that I do get some dark rock-candy sweetness and maybe some cinnamon or ginger spiciness. I may have underrated this, but I was not a fan of the complete makeup of this smell.

The taste starts with a hint if lager taste, clean, lightly sweet grain taste. Quickly a dark bread flavor comes on, followed by a spice-bread like brown sugar sweetness. A bit of raisin taste brings some tartness, and the end taste could be noble hops, but also seems sort of rye in nature.

The carbonation seems to play a bit into the spicey flavors, but is about medium strength. The body is pretty full, and the tastes envelop the entire mouth.

Not knowing the style overly well, I waffled on taste a tad. This beer seems to have a little more dryness than I recall from Celebrator, and I'm not sure if that's too be expected. Either way, except for the nose, I thought this was a fine malty option for the rate occasion I might want one; it seems suited for the holidays, for instance.

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Photo of mobrado
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent, ridiculously underrated Doppelbock. I like it better than Weihenstephaner Korbinian or Spaten Optimator. Glowing dark amber, clear body with a creamy off-white head. Smells and tastes of toasted bread, malt and Doppelbock sweetness. Decadent, rich mouth feel with low-to-moderate carbonation. Packs quite a punch at 8.3% alc./vol. (2014 edition). A steal at $4.49 a bomber if you like Doppelbocks.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

From notes on 3/20/14

Sweet malty aroma. Burnt dark red color. Nice sized head. Lots of toffee flavors with a malty finish. Very good. Best Doppelbock I can remember drinking.

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Photo of Pencible
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a nearly opaque light mahogany with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like bready and nutty malt, with some earthy copper hops and oak and sweet toffee.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and earthy nutty malts, with some oak and copper hops. It had a clean earthy and sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice doppelbock with simple but enjoyable scent and taste. The body was great, but the finish was hot, so it was better to sip. Actually seems like it could improve with a year or two in the cellar. Fresh is good, not great.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
2.77/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: a solid brown color that hints towards black depending on the light. a finger of a white head that leaves behind a bit of a lacing. almost opaque but lets just a little bit of light through.

Smell: sweet. maybe some brown sugar, breadiness, chocolate and earthiness.

Taste: opens up with chocolate tending towards roasty malts. overtaking by a huge earthiness, mixing with bread. very weird balance too it, which i have a difficulty explaining.

Mouthfeel: sweet and fairly light for the style, completely missing the lager cleanness.

Overall: i found this beer way too muddled between flavors. the chocolate and earthiness just seem out of place and don't balance very well.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, served in a Tyranena snifter

A - pours a dark copper, clear, fades to zero head

S - biscuit and caramel, a bit of subdued hops follow

T - sweet, but not overly so, caramel up front, hops are more present here than in the nose

M - rather thin, surprising for 9.0% abv, but smooth

O - good value, certainly a solid dopplebock, nothing earth-shattering. Won't necessarily seek it out, but would happily have it again

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Epic Brewing's Double Skull Doppelbock Lager that my friend brought over to share with me. It's been a while since I've had a Doppelbock and I'm interested to see what Epic can do with the style, so lets see how it goes. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got the typical Epic label layout with a couple skulls on it to go with the name, it's a little eye catching. It poured a clear slightly darker copper color that took on more of a caramel color when held to the light with a fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't really leave any lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, the head and lacing were a little weak, but the color was really nice.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight brown sugar like aroma to it followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a grainy, caramel malt, slightly nutty, and bread crust like aromas with a slight amount of doughy yeast in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart a slightly herbal and very earthy aroma that stands out a little more than it should. This beer had a decent aroma, but it wasn't the truest to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight brown sugar like flavor to it followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart all those aspects that I got in the aroma with the grainy and caramel malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a light alcohol flavor that isn't too noticeable and it's followed by the hops that impart a light herbal flavor with the earthy hops sticking out the most, with a lower amount of bitterness and a grainy, caramel malt and earthy aftertaste. This was Ok tasting beer, but it wasn't really what I look for in the style and the earthyness stuck out too much.

M- Fairly smooth, a little rich, slightly sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and the lower carbonation worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was just ok and I didn't think it was a good example of Doppelbock, it lacked some of those nice roasted malt and dark fruit flavors that I look for in the style, but the alcohol wasn't too strong and the bitterness was at the right level. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little rich, a little filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one glass is enough for me, I feel no need to drink another. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a pretty nice looking beer and it looked fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was strong earthy aspect, it would be better if it was toned down a good amount. I wouldn't buy this beer and I wouldn't recommend it as a good Doppelbock since it isn't the truest of the style to me. All in all I was little let down with this beer, Epic has proven to be pretty solid, but this one was lacking in most all aspects. It isn't close to my favorite of the style and it's one of my least favorite Epic beers. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some work.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Epic Brewing Double Skull Dopplebock Lager.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. Served lightly chilled.

A) Copper colored brew with a full finger of cream colored head. The head slowly settles to a wispy dusting. Nice lacing too...

S) Malty sweetness... Caramel, a little butterscotch. Earthy hops, whiff of grass. Alcohol as it warms.

T) Follows the nose... Malty, buttery toast, caramel, earthy hops, and some spice on the backend. The alcohol stays pretty well hidden, but it's worth noting. Decent aftertaste...

M) Solid medium body with pretty soft carbonation. Goes down smooth enough. Bitter finish with a little booze.

O) I enjoyed this beer. I'd say a bit more at a colder temp. I'd rather drink a Celebrator or Korbinian, but this was a nice dinner beer.

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Double Skull from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 179 ratings